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Music Research Group

This cross-disciplinary research group brings together researchers whose work encompasses music or sound in any of its material, performative, aural, social and cultural manifestations.

This cross-disciplinary research group brings together researchers whose work encompasses music or sound in any of its material, aesthetic, social and cultural manifestations

Postgraduates, early career researchers and established academics from any discipline are welcome to join the group, which currently has members from Music, History, American Studies, English Literature, Art History, Film, Dance, Performing Arts, and Computer and Information Sciences.

Members’ research is chronologically broad, stretching from music in medieval Spain to contemporary Britain. Key themes and interests include:

  • Medieval Song
  • Music in Early Modern England
  • Performance Practice and Editing
  • Black Musicians, and Musical Cultures of Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation
  • 19th- and 20th-Century Opera
  • 20th- and 21st-Century British Composers
  • Anglo-American Popular Music and the Recording Industry
  • Material Cultures (including Print, Manuscripts and Instruments)
  • Music and Medicine/Health/Disability
  • Music and the City
  • Music and Politics
  • Music, Myth and Literature
  • Sound Studies and Sound Art
  • Community Music
  • Art Education and Popular Music 

Currently or recently funded research projects by members of the group include Paul Vickers’s Leverhulme Trust Project ‘A radical new interdisciplinary space for sonification’ and David Smith’s AHRC-funded network ‘Digital directions for collected editions: keyboard music by British musicians before c.1700’.

For further information about the group’s activities, or to be added to its mailing list, please contact the current convenor, Francesca Vella: 


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